This is a scheduled post because I’m trying to live without the internet in order to spend some quality time with the bf for his extended birthday weekend. In the meantime here’s a post that actually relates to fashion, shocking I know, and I’ll hopefully be back soon with an all-too-sporadic outfit post. Even if it is his birthday it’s rare that Chris and I get a day off together (and as I posted about on my old blog taking blog photos is so hard in the winter!) (edit: old blog now defunct) so I’m making the most of my chance to have some outfit shots taken during daylight by forcing him to be my official photographer. Ah the life of a blogger’s boyfriend!!
Back in October I was invited to an event held by Astley Clarke, British fine jewellers founded in 2006 by Bec Astley Clarke. It’s a brand I was only slightly familiar with, having seen some of their pieces in magazines and also sported by several famous faces (I’m not a person who is at all interested in which celebrity is wearing which brand but the list of famous fans who’ve worn Astley Clarke is particularly impressive: Olivia Palermo, Elle Macphearson and Claudia Schiffer just to name a few). Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the event but Astley Clarke’s PR team were incredibly kind and sent me a lovely package containing a book all about gemstones, a gem magnifier, and (most exciting of all) a generous gift voucher.
I deliberated long and hard about what to spend it on. Did I buy some real pearls? Did I choose something containing a diamond? Did I pick something experimental and different to my usual style? In the end I decided to keep it simple and put it towards 3 classic items that I’ll enjoy on a daily basis rather than something that will be kept in a box most of the time.
These 3 sterling silver rings are by Astley Clarke, although they also sell pieces by other designers such as Monica Vinader and Elizabeth Humble. I am absolutely in love with them. They’ll never date (although the slim rings feel very now) so I’ll be able to wear them forever, as any woman would want to with fine jewellery. The Planis rings have a subtle hammered finish which gives them a wonderful tactile quality (available in 3 widths and either silver or gold) whereas the Athena ring is a smooth silver band (also in a choice of 3 widths). Prices for both styles start at £35, a bargain in my opinion, and if you’re unsure of your ring size as I was you can also request a ring sizer for free.
Click here to visit Astley Clarke.
Which is your favourite? Do you have a piece of jewellery that you wear every day?
[ l-r: Planis ring in 1.5mm, Athena ring in 1.5mm, Planis ring in 3mm ]